NEW BUFFALO — Equilibrium Fitness of New Buffalo and Three Oaks recently celebrated its seven-year anniversary.

Equilibrium first opened its doors in New Buffalo on Dec.14, 2013 (during a Polar Vortex), and expanded into a second location in Three Oaks in August of 2018. A spacious class studio next to the gym in Three Oaks was added in the summer of 2020 in preparation for social distancing guidelines.

Owner, Katie Maroney (MS, NASM-CPT, CHC) said she is extremely thankful and grateful to Equilibrium Fitness’ members and the EQ Team, lovingly referred to as their “gym family.”

“We have certainly been through a great deal over the years, but this past year has proven to be the most challenging as I’m sure so many other businesses and people can agree,” said Maroney. “We were fully closed for six months (from March 16 to September 9) and are currently open at 25-percent capacity per state requirements. Classes have also been on pause since mid-November per the MDHHS – we have been offering FREE virtual classes on our Member Portal since this spring. We also added HEPA filters and iWaves to our HVAC systems, and we have very rigorous gym rules and COVID-19 precautions. We could not have made it this far without our entire Gym Family.”

Maroney, a former Division I athlete (ice hockey at Ohio State University) with her Masters in Exercise Science and several fitness, coaching, and nutrition certifications and years of experience in the industry, said she is hopeful for the future.

“We may have been one of the hardest hit industries with the length of the closures and current restrictions, but we, along with our members, are extremely resilient and always rise to the challenge. Give us a benchmark and we will exceed it. Virtual options are great, and businesses need to pivot, but I do see people getting burnt out with so many things being online now. Prioritizing overall health will be crucial in the years to come. People need social, in-person contact, it is imperative for their well-being and mental health. We are excited to still be working with the YMCA of Greater Michiana for the Community Center project here in New Buffalo, which obviously had to be put on hold due to COVID-19. With news of the vaccine and case numbers decreasing we will continue to strive forward and blaze trails for others to continue to follow,” she said.

For information about membership options (from one month to one year), personal training (in-person, partner, and virtual options), classes in the new Three Oaks studio (spin cycle, group training, TRX, boxing, barre, mat pilates, and more), or how to join, visit: www.eqfitness or call (269) 586-4280.

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